Bassam Ghulman, executive at the Royal Commission for Makkah City and Holy Sites

Bassam Ghulman
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Updated 04 September 2020

Bassam Ghulman, executive at the Royal Commission for Makkah City and Holy Sites

Bassam Ghulman has been the secretary of the comprehensive management center at the Royal Commission for Makkah City and Holy Sites since this August.
Ghulman has also been deputy minister for transportation affairs at the Ministry of Hajj and Umrah since February 2018.
Previously, he was general manager of the Haramain High-Speed Rail Project, which links the holy cities of Makkah and Madinah.
He was also a professor of contracts and construction project management at Umm Al-Qura University in Makkah.
He first joined the university as an assistant lecturer in 1994, and held several positions there, including head of the civil engineering department.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from Umm Al-Qura University. He earned his master’s and Ph.D. in civil engineering from the University of Oklahoma in the US.
Ghulman also serves as vice chairman of the board of the Saudi Council of Engineers. He was an adviser to the secretary of Makkah, having first joined the municipality there as an assistant civil engineer in 1991.
He is also a member of several government committees, including the advisory board for development in the Makkah region.
Ghulman has participated in local, regional and international events and conferences, and has published numerous academic papers and books.


Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

Updated 22 October 2020

Saudi King praises role of women at W20 summit

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s King Salman has praised the exceptional role played by women during the coronavirus pandemic.
In a speech delivered at the end of the W20, the G20 women’s engagement group, on Wednesday, King Salman said: “I would like to express my gratitude to the Women 20 Engagement Group for their remarkable efforts and commitment to deliver their agenda during these unprecedented times caused by the COVID -19 pandemic.”
The Saudi king described women as the source of evolution for any society and said that without empowered women it is difficult to reform societies. 
“Women are the main source of development for any society. Hence, without empowered women, it is almost impossible to implement any societal reforms given that women form half of the societies and they are the ones who raise up generations. Women has proven through history their remarkable role in leading change and in decision making.”
The king noted that Saudi Arabia’s presidency of the G20 has dedicated special attention to discussing policies related to women across different ministerial and working group meetings.